Top Ten Most Realistic Movie Battle Scenes: Movie Rob

I have great joy in hosting Rob of Movie Rob once again today! He has spent time drawing up another really awesome top ten list, and this one is a brilliant selection. Rob is currently hosting the latest Genre Grandeur, which features favourite comic book movies, and you have until the 25th to submit your favourite movie, should you wish to. Rob and I will also be hosting an Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon in August, so head on over and let us know if you would be interested in participating. If you do not follow Rob’s blog, I suggest you remedy that immediately!

Should you be interested in submitting a Top Ten list, draw up a list of either your top ten personal favourite movies or a top ten list by a specific genre/theme and send it along to me at Hope to see a few more lists!


As a former Infantry soldier in the Israeli Army, I am always amazed at the way moviemakers have made modern combat battle scenes more and more realistic, making even those of us trained for certain situations to feel the impact of the adage “war is hell” over and over.


Here is a list of what I think are the most realistically scary infantry battle scenes in the movies (including trailers and even a few clips).

10. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

9. Glory (1989)

8. We Were Soldiers (1998)

7. Hamburger Hill (1987)

6. Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

5. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

4. Platoon (1986)

3. Lone Survivor (2013)

2. Black Hawk Down (2001)

1. Saving Private Ryan (1998) – by far and wide the best (and scariest)


I have added the following two honorable mentions since they aren’t movies but rather amazing mini-series that depict very realistically the battles of WWII.

Honorable Mentions:

The Pacific (2009)

Band of Brothers (2001)

Here’s is a clip showing the realism shown in BoB.

33 thoughts on “Top Ten Most Realistic Movie Battle Scenes: Movie Rob

    • yep, I LOVE! BoB, have seen it all at least 5 times already and might watch it again in the near future. This post got me a bit nostalgic for it

      Thanks Chris


  1. Full Metal Jacket has stayed with me ever since I saw it, but I remain blissfully oblivious to most films in this list. Great idea for a list, though!


  2. Great idea for a list and great choices. I agree with Saving Private Ryan being number one. I saw it in a theater and not only was that D-Day scene realistic, it was LOUD. It scared the crap out of me!


  3. Gosh I am terrible about seeing war movies. The only of these I’ve seen is Saving Private Ryan! Lol. It’s a great one though, and I know I need to get around to seeing the rest of these, too. Very cool idea for a top ten, Rob!


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